Italian is by far one of my favourite cuisines. Besides West Indian culture, a lot of my recipes are influenced from the time I’ve spent in Italy and being taught dishes by Italian friends.
I fell in love with homemade meatballs when they were made for me by an Italian friend. They were juicy, bursting with flavour and extremely versatile. I decided to combine this with my love of cheese and finding delightful surprises within my food. Thus was born this recipe.
Read below for the ingredients list and recipe.
- 1 small pack of minced meat (I used beef but you can use any. For super tasty meatballs, use half beef, half pork.)
- Blended brioche rolls or hard/stale bread
- Garlic (2 cloves fresh or 1 teaspoon dry)
- Rosemary (1/2 teaspoon)
- Thyme (1 teaspoon)
- Oregano (1/2 teaspoon)
- Salt (to taste)
- Pepper (to taste)
- 1 egg
- Olive oil spray
- 1 Finely chopped onion
- 1 Mozzarella ball.
Brown the chopped onions in some olive oil spray until translucent.
Drain off the oil and add into a bowl with your mince and seasonings; then mix well with your fingertips so that the mixture incorporates the seasoning.
Add your brioche or bread to a blender/nutri-bullet and blitz until at breadcrumb texture.
Add your brioche breadcrumbs and beaten egg to your mince mixture and combine until into a workable texture with your hands. It should be moist enough to work into ball but not soggy.
Spray some olive oil onto a tray and create meatball shapes by moulding the mixture in the palm of your hands. Ensure that these are equal sized. Try not to handle the mixture too much between your hands.
Once your meatballs have been mounded, cut your mozzarella into equal chunks.
Using your index finger, press down into your meatballs to create a dip.
Place your chopped mozzarella into the grooves of the meatballs and re-roll to enclosure the mozzarella chunk evenly into the mixture.
Finally brown your meatballs in a little olive oil in a frying pan until browned and crispy on the outside. You can either cook your meatballs fully this way or pop then into the oven as I do to finish then cooking.
Enjoy these meatballs by themselves, in a sauce or with pasta. The choice is yours!
The Food Doll. ❤